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The legality of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II is the topic of an extended controversial issue discussion. After examining a series of primary and secondary source materials, teams of four, two who argue the internment was constitutional, two who argue it was not constitutional, present evidence to support their point of view. Teams are then encouraged to reach a consensus, post their position, and cite evidence to support their stance. The exercise ends with individual reflections.
Prepare your pupils for full-fledged political discussions with a scaffolded seminar process. Before talking about the topic, class members have a couple of days to respond to a question in writing, using the two listed reading selections as evidence. On the day of the seminar, learners first discuss in small groups and then come together for a whole-class Socratic seminar about the New Deal.
Many have heard of Rosie, the Riveter, the representation of the many American women who replaced male factory workers during World War II. Lesser known, but equally important, were other civilian programs created to support the war effort. To investigate one of these programs, class members examine primary and secondary sources concerning the 4-H Victory Garden Program. To conclude the study, individuals identify a need in their community, design an action plan, and log five hours of community service to address this need. Scripted directions and links to all documents are included in the packet.
The Great Depression is one of the landmark time periods in American History. Use these lessons to lead your seventh graders into a thorough study of how the Great Depression came about, how long it lasted, and how people got through this difficult time. The 12-page packet has many terrific activities designed to help learners gain a deep understanding of the economics of the times and how President Roosevelt's New Deal helped bring the country back on its feet.
Did you know the Dust Bowl caused the largest migration in American history? That 500,000 people were made homeless? That 200,000 of those people migrated to California where they faced "Anti-Okie" laws? Here's an image and information-rich, student-produced presentation that could be used to launch a study of the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, as background for The Grapes of Wrath, or as a presentation model for class critique.
Students explore The New Deal. In this cross curriculum fine arts and U.S. history lesson, students work in groups to sort and discuss photographs and artwork from the 20th century representing Franklin D. Roosevelt and The New Deal. Students view a PowerPoint presentation and read related textbook material, then make revisions to their picture sorting based on what they have learned.
Learners compare and contrast the response to Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the response to terrorism in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001. They conduct Internet research, complete a worksheet, and develop a plan based on their own ideas how the U.S. might best respond to terrorism.
Using the Internet, as well as textbooks, high school scholars research how Congress has evolved over the years. They examine legislative leaders and their accomplishments, compare and contrast legislative procedures in various eras, and investigate Congress's ability to change public opinion. The richly detailed packet includes a wealth of materials and resource links.
Learners participate in debates related to the history of the United States. In groups, they research their opinion on the purpose of debates and how a debater's posture affect the outcome of the debates. They identify the political issues in the election and state their opinion on each issue. To end the lesson, they debate the issues and discuss how candidates can deal with personal attacks.
Students explore the contributions of Lyndon B. Johnson. In this congress lesson, students listen to their instructor lecture on the prowess of Lyndon B. Johnson's legislative skills. Students respond to discussion questions connected to the lecture and participate in a legislative simulation.
High schoolers examine Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fireside Chats. In this presidential history lesson, students listen to the radio broadcasts of select FDR Fireside Chats. High schoolers analyze the effectiveness of his messages to the public as well as letters written to FDR and political cartoons pertaining to the chats. Students complete 1 of 5 suggested assessments activities at the end of the lesson.